Marketing Research Consultants (MRC) announced earlier that Konica Minolta Business Solutions won its annual “Manufacturer of the Year” award. MRC’s prestigious awards and charity dinner is in its 27th annual year and is attended by every major copier printer manufacturer in the industry. Notably, the dealers and customers provide the input that MRC uses to select the annual winner – proof positive that Konica is focusing on the most important aspect of their business.
For the fifth consecutive year, Konica Minolta was recognized as the number one brand for customer loyalty in the MFP copier market. The company, based in Tokyo, Japan and with US headquarters in Ramsey, New Jersey, makes a complete line of printers, copiers, scanners, fax machines, and “All-In-Ones” or multi-function printers for home and business use. One of the most successful product lines is the bizhub mutifunction printer. The bizhub line of MFP’s are widely recognized as one of the most popular available. If Konica Minolta wins again next year, this product line will take its share of the credit.
Marketing Research Consultants is a printer industry group that publishes leading office equipment trade journals such as the Cannata Report and LiveWire. In selecting Konica Minolta for the award, a company representative cited Konica’s commitment to providing superior products, services, and support to their dealer partners and customers. ” This award acknowledges the confidence the dealer community has in our company…and in particular highlights the success of Konica Minolta for all satisfying all their document management needs.” said Kevin Kern, Senior Vice President Marketing.
In addition to the manufacturing award, Rick Taylor, Konica President and Chief Operating Officer, was named Manufacturer Executive of the Year for an unprecedented sixth time. “Receiving this award is wonderful acknowledgement that our leadership team continues to support our dealers above and beyond their needs,” said Taylor.
Another reason to applaud Konica Minolta is the companies extensive “Green” initiative. The company is the first in the industry to provide a cost-free plan for recycling consumables from every product they sell including:
- Toner Cartridges
- Imaging Units
- Waste Toner bottles
- Developer and Developer Units
The company boasts that not only does it provide all recycling containers free of charge, it pays 100% for all return shipping to its regional recycling facilities – which further help reduce emissions. Company representatives state that their recycling program is designed to keep harmful toxins and materials off the road and out of landfills as much as possible. Konica even designs their toner bottles with the planet in mind; all of them are made of HDPE2 – a material that can be collected and recycled at most local facilities. 40% of the plastic in the toner bottles is recycles, and they are made of 100% previously recycled material.
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Konica Minolta also wins the Miss Congeniality award year in and year out. The company promotes social responsibility as one of its core principles. Company executives claim that by being good global citizens, with respect for the environment, commitment to recycling, and preventing chemical pollution, they will increase value to their customers and the world.